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If you’ve been to the Hayward KOA, you know there are lots of fun family activities for kids of all ages.

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The wet and wild 300-foot water slide

He adjusts his goggles and acknowledges the crowd. Focused, he waits for just the right moment. It’s the first run of the year. The adrenaline pumps. The anticipation builds. (Finally, the kid behind says, “Let’s go!”) He’s off and engulfed by the moment and the waves of water that refresh on this hot summer day. With each turn he picks up speed. As he accelerates down, water sprays in his wake. The crowd is in awe as he negotiates his way like he’s in midseason form. The run is a blur of twists and turns, and as he reaches the end he bursts into a smile, tugs on his suit and exclaims, “I’m going again!”

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The ginormous jumping pillow

Boing. Boing. Boing. A Hayward KOA kids favorite! It’s a ton of fun for everyone, whether jumping or watching.

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Climbing the spiderweb

Don’t get caught in the spiderweb! This tricky-yet-fun activity will occupy the youngsters and oldsters for hours.

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The giant 80,000-gallon heated swimming pool

Most swimming pools are 15 to 20,000 gallons, while the huge, kidney-shaped pool at Hayward KOA is an amazing 80,000 gallons. This means more room for more fun.

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Saturday night dances with a real DJ

Our live DJ Saturday night dances have become legendary, thanks to a sophisticated sound system and plenty of people who are here to have fun.

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Panning for gold in the mining sluice

Strike it rich at our mining sluice! You never know what you might find to take home.

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Outdoor movies on the inflatable movie screen

Bet you’ve never watched an outdoor movie on an inflatable movie screen! Here’s your chance to experience something new, come join us on 'The Green' and bring some popcorn!

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18-hole miniature golf course

Everybody loves mini-golf, and you’ll love the Hayward KOA mini-golf course. We recondition it every year, so it’s always in great shape!

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Crafts for kids

There are always plenty of craft projects going on at Hayward KOA, often related to our weekend themes.

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Wagon rides with farmer Matt

Kids love rides and this one is a Hayward KOA classic. Get on the wagon with farmer Matt.

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Friday night s’mores

It just wouldn’t be camping without s’mores. That’s why we have free s’mores for everyone every Friday night. Don’t miss out!

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Playground

And, there's playground fun for everyone.

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Pirate Ship

Ahoy! Get ready for some swashbuckling fun on the Hayward KOA pirate ship.

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So you don't miss your family's favorite, here's a calendar of all of the themed weekend this year at the Hayward KOA!

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May 2018

May 04–06

KOA OPENING Weekend – Wisconsin Open Fishing Season

Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way! Get a head start on your fishing, ATVing or camping here at the Hayward KOA. Relax and take in the serene, peaceful nights in Wisconsin’s Northwoods with an inviting campfire and the midnight stars as we get ready for a fun-packed summer!

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May 11–13

Mother’s Day Weekend, May 13

With the hustle & bustle in life, take some well-deserved time off this weekend by celebrating your wonderful mother and the Hayward KOA and don't forget to swing by the office on Sunday for her special treat!

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May 25–28

Once Upon a Time – Memorial Day Weekend, May 28

Join us as we kick off the summer with Once Upon a Time Weekend! Come with your regalia to become your favorite fantasy character as we have a tea party for our princes and princesses along with a wide range of activities for all ages!

June 2018

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June 1–3

Artistic Jamboree (Spoiler: Tie-Dye!)

Spark up your creativity with Artistic Jamboree! Have a wonderful time in personalizing your very own Tie-Dye t-shirt($) or joining in on the games and DJ Dancing.

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June 8–10

Country Carnival

Have a high ol’ time at Country Carnival! Bring the family to enjoy face painting, balloon animals, games, prizes and more for this boredom-busting weekend. We even hold three-legged and potato-sack races! Pretty cool, huh?

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June 15–17

Chocolate – Father’s Day Weekend, June 17

Prepare yourselves for a time-of-your-life occasion at the Hayward KOA. We have a chocolate pudding eating contest, candy bar bingo and, get ready, a 50-foot chocolate slip ‘n’ slide! We love chocolate and go all out for this special occasion by also bringing in a mouth-watering arrangement of chocolate ice cream, so get CHOCOLATIZED!

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June 21–24

Under the Sea – Musky Fest

We are tipping our hats off to H2O this weekend with Under the Sea! All ages are invited to come and have a great time with our craft, games, outdoor cinema, and DJ Dancing. While you are here, you can also go down our water slide, jump in our 80000-gallon pool, or relax with a tube trip down the Namekagon River. Also, downtown Hayward hosts it's annual Musky Festival!

July 2018

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Sports fan fourth/mania of July

Time with family, time with friends, is this Fourth of July Weekend! Get out your sports jerseys as we not only celebrate various sports games but also gather to mark our nation's independence! At night, join the town of Hayward in celebrating our Independence Day with fireworks at the local school.

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July 5–8

Wild, Wild West – Spooner Rodeo

Howdy partners! Gallop over to the Hayward KOA as we rope in the fun for the weekend with free Friday night s’mores games, a craft, and more. The Spooner Rodeo will also be going on just a short drive away!

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July 13–15

Christmas in July Weekend

Santa Claus is coming to town (or at least to the Hayward KOA)! "Trim" your site with ornaments for our Site Decorating Contest, have breakfast with Santa, or just give him a warm "hello" and tell him how good you've tried to be this year. It'll be a wonderful time filled with games for your family to enjoy!

July 19–22

The Jurassic Age – Lumberjack Weekend

RROOAARR!! It's the Jurassic Age! We're celebrating our fossilized friends this weekend while the Lumberjack World Championships are happening in town. So pack your camper and stomp this way before your site is gone!

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July 27–29

Pirate Weekend

Ahoy campers! Grab your eye patch and hook to explore the seas of entertainment with a scavenger hunt or sail by the field for games and a movie. Want to tone it down a bit? Have a relaxing canoe trip down the river or swing by our new seating area near the Red Pine Express!

Aug 2018

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Aug 3–5

Chocolate Weekend: Take 2

Americans eat 18 % (if not more) of the world's chocolate in a year, so it's no wonder that we have two (yes, two!) chocolate weekends to satisfy our chocolate-loving campers! These weekends pack out as people line up to go down our chocolate slip n" slide or to get a chance to win our chocolate pudding eating contest; (with no hands). It' ll be a chocolatey weekend!

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Aug 10–12

Galactic Invasion – Glow Weekend

Attention, human life forms: It’s Galactic Invasion – Glow Weekend! Help the Hayward KOA glow in the dark for cosmic golf and the black lights show! On Friday, bring your white t-shirts for the laser dance or swing in for the fun and games at our mini carnival on Saturday. There will even be unicycle show as well! So hop on this delightful voyage as we set our sights on the stars!

Aug 17–19

Around the world – Camper Appreciation

Aloha, hola, bonjour, jambo! We are celebrating the world, and our campers, this weekend with not only our regular games and activities but also with a complimentary lunch! This summer has been packed full of awesome memories that we couldn't have made without you. Come on by for a great time at the Hayward KOA!

Aug 24–26

Superhero Weekend

It's a bird! No, it's a plane! No, it's our campers! Our craft and games will be sure to bring a smile to your face as all ages show their superhuman abilities. Get your fill of summer with a dip in the pool, a trip down the river, or a lawn chair by your campfire!

Sept 2018

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Halloween – Labor Day Weekend

Make the Hayward KOA your last "hurray" before the school is in session! October can be pretty chilly, so we are bringing the fun sooner with our haunted house, spooky fun time, trick-or-treating, costume & and site decorating contests. We can't pack this theme into an ordinary weekend, so we've extended the activities to three days of fun! It'll be a time for great memories, so book early before your site is gone!

Sept 14–16

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, September 15

2,500-plus bicyclists start their journey right on the streets of downtown Hayward for the Chequamegon Fat Tire Race. It’s a sight to see for young and old alike. Here at the KOA, we do our part by providing a complimentary spaghetti dinner for bicyclists (and guests) on Friday evening for a strong and fast start, and then we offer a cleaning stations to spiffing up your bike afterward. Oh yeah, we spiff you up as well in our large warm pool, that is still open!

Sept 21–23

Hayward Fall Festival, September 22

Schools are back in session, and autumn is here to stay, but don’t fret, since we’re all smiles here at the KOA! Come to enjoy a relaxing time at our campground — not only to see nature’s display of beautiful colors but also to check out what Hayward has to offer at their Fall Festival. Afterward, come back and cherish the warmth of the fire and the whispering winds through the trees.

October 2018

Sept28–30

American Birkebeiner Trail Run, Relay and Trek

Originally established as a cross-country ski trail, the American Birkebeiner Trail is still the site of the classic ski race. It has also become a summertime fitness and recreational trail system catering to skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers – from casual day-trippers to elite superstars. In 2017, the challenging Birkie Trail Run, Relay and trek Events will take place through the Birkie hills on October 1. Put this on your calendar if you want to run at a recreational pace or hammer it on a great trail.

Oct 5–8

Apple Festival in Bayfield – Cranberry Festival in Stone Lake –Columbus Day

Apples in pies, apples in jars, apples to buy, apples in cars! Bayfield is hosting their autumn time Apple Festival with delicious choices to choose from. And what's more? It's a beautiful town to enjoy the fall days!

Conclusion of 2018 Camping Season

It's goodbye for now, but we'll see you next spring as we take this time to recharge our batteries and plan for another awesome year serving our camping guests at the Hayward KOA!
See you in 2019!
Tony, Rosie, Tim & Wendy

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  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway Take an innertube float or paddle a canoe down the gorgeous Namekagon River, which is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. A shuttle departs from Hayward KOA every 1/2 hour from 10am to 4pm.
  • Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Come enjoy the views at the world's largest fishing museum. You'll find 400 fish mounts, 200 species, classic and antique outboard motors, classic fishing lures, historical fishing rods, hundreds of vintage fishing reels, fishing accessories, and beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens. The museum is open seven days a week, April 15 through Nov. 1.
  • Lumberjack World Championships Hayward's "Lumberjack Bowl," the Lumberjack World Championships competition is held right here in Hayward every July. Come on by and watch these men and women show off their talents at cutting, chopping, rolling, climbing and otherwise handling timber!
  • Wilderness Walk Enjoy a full day of family fun at Wilderness Walk, Northern Wisconsin's zoo and recreation park. See the Siberian tiger and wild northwoods animals; visit the animal nursery with young children and feed the animals; hike the trails and feed the deer. You'll see why it's everyone's favorite family spot in Hayward.
  • LCO (Lac Court Oreilles) Casino LCO Casino is an amazing casino experience in Hayward. Try your luck on the slots, blackjack, or play our live games of poker, craps, roulette, and bingo. We also have a full buffet restaurant!

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The Hayward Lakes Area welcomes anglers of all ages to fish over 50,000 acres of glacial lakes and rivers of Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.

The forest contains over 2,000 miles of streams and 607 lakes to pursue world-class musky, trout, panfish and bass.

After checking out the fishing, be sure to stop by the Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward!

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We offer access to great fishing, mountain biking trails, horseback riding, ATV trails and beautiful golf courses!

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Whether you're here for the Lumberjack Festival, Fat Tire Race, Annual Musky Festival, Sawyer County Fair, Hayward Fall Festival, Bayfield Apple Festival or the Stone Lake Cranberry Festival, stay with Hayward KOA and see all the great events our area offers!